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May 2, 2018

Pennsylvania and the Death Penalty

The death penalty was reinstituted in Pennsylvania in 1976. Despite having the fourth largest death row inmate population in the country for over two decades, only three inmates have been executed in Pennsylvania since the reinstitution. We will take a look at the tumultuous history of the death penalty in Pennsylvania, the future of the punishment, and what life is like on death row.

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March 28, 2018

Know Your Voting Rights

In 2016, then governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe moved to restore the voting rights of convicted felons. Though this legislation was a triumph, it also served as a painful reminder that Virginia had been depriving a large portion of its free residents from their democratic right for decades.

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March 13, 2018

After a Slip and Fall, Do These 5 Things

Slip or trip and falls are among the most common sources of personal injury claims. A fall on an untreated icy sidewalk, a trip on a hazardous obstacle in a public building, or a slip on an unmarked wet spot on a grocery store floor may constitute a legitimate personal injury claim. These types of accidents may result in tissue damage, broken bones, and time loss from work. Pursuing action against the party or parties responsible for your injury provides you the opportunity to have your medical expenses covered by those who are liable while holding the appropriate parties accountable to ensure that others do not find themselves in your position. After a slip and fall, there are five steps that you should take immediately in order to preserve and validate your claim.

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March 2, 2018

PCRA

After the court finds you guilty of a crime, you may feel as if you have lost the fight. However, Pennsylvania offers defendants several avenues to have the circumstances of their case and conviction reconsidered. In addition to direct appeals, the Post-Conviction Relief Act affords individuals the opportunity to have aspects of his or her case reviewed.

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February 21, 2018

Felons, Jury Duty, and Discrimination

Jury duty is commonly regarded in American society as an arduous chore and an unwanted task. We tend to take the honor of jury for granted. Many Americans are ineligible for jury service due to past mistakes or associations. The repercussions of these restrictions are painfully apparent in the criminal justice system. Though some states are reforming their jury service laws to include citizens and residents who were previously deemed ineligible, many regions of the country continue to exclude large portions of the population from serving on a jury.

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February 16, 2018

What is Criminal Conspiracy?

The word conspiracy is generally used to describe theories about aliens and fake moon landings. Criminal conspiracy sounds more like an activity reserved for gangsters, dark rooms, and hushed tones. However, criminal conspiracy charges are among the most common criminal charges in the state of Pennsylvania. So let's discuss what a criminal conspiracy charge means. 

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February 13, 2018

Full vs. Limited Tort Auto Insurance Policies

When deciding which car insurance policy to purchase, many people only consider the least expensive options. Car insurance companies use buzz words like “full coverage” to distract buyers from the substance of their policies. It is important to understand the difference between Full and Limited Tort options in order to know what kind of policy you are investing in.

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January 30, 2018

Driving in Slush

Slush could reasonably be called the least fun product of a winter storm. Snow has a certain whimsy and beauty about it. You can ski or snowboard on snow, you can make snowmen or start a snowball fight. Ice can be beautiful as well- it collects as icicles decorating each gutter and awning. You can skate and play on ice, but slush is just slush. To make matters worse, slush makes winter road conditions even more dangerous.

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January 24, 2018

Incentivized Informants

During the Sophonow Inquiry, Canadian Commissioner Cory said, “Jailhouse informants comprise the most deceitful and deceptive group of witnesses known to frequent the courts. The more notorious the case, the greater the number of prospective informants.”  Incentivized witness testimonies yield an alarming amount of wrongful convictions. The use of jailhouse and other incentivized informants is- in a word- problematic.

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January 22, 2018

DUI Talk: DUI Don'ts

You are pulled over for a DUI. The officer approaches your window and the investigation begins- he or she will ask questions and request your consent for tests. Here are six things that you should avoid if you are ever pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence.

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